> > But you are wrong about the judge being
> > able to overturn the jury's verdict. In a criminal trial there is no
> > provision for JNOV. That's only in civil court.
You're both half right on that one. In a criminal case, the judge
can acquit NOV (or dismiss with prejudice after the guilty verdict,
which amounts to the same thing), but cannot convict NOV. (For the
non-lawyers in the crowd, that's judgment "non obstante veridicto", or
judgment notwithstanding the verdict).
In civil cases, a JNOV can be issued for either party.
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